Viognier produces full-bodied, golden whites that are high in alcohol and respond well to barrel fermentation. The wines tend to be aromatic and textured, showing sundried apricots, white fleshed peaches, tropical flowers and spice. Like Chardonnay, Viognier has the potential to produce full-bodied wines with a lush, soft character. In contrast to Chardonnay, the Viognier varietal has more natural aromatics that include notes of peach, pears, violets and minerality.
South African Viognier wines are associated with orange blossoms, peaches, tropical fruit, honey and exotic spices.